We are finding out about support for children when someone close to them has died. We are really sorry this has happened to you. We hope that you have trusted friends and adults around you to support you.
There are a few questions to read through and the survey link is at the bottom of this page.
At the moment, a group of people called the United Kingdom Commission on Bereavement are asking lots of people what happened when someone close to them died. We want to find out how we can make help and support better for children and young people like you when someone close to them dies.
We would like to ask you some questions about how it has been for you and get your ideas about how support can be better for children in the future – because you are one of the experts. The questions will take you about 10 minutes to answer.
Here are some questions you might have about taking part.
Do I have to take part?
No – it’s up to you. Please don’t take part if you don’t feel up to it – we won’t mind!
What if I get upset?
Taking part might make you feel different feelings like sad or angry, because we are asking questions about the person who died. It’s ok to feel those feelings. Have an adult you trust nearby. They can help you fill out this form or can be around to talk, so if you need to take a break, ask questions or stop completely, you can do so with someone to support you. You don’t need to answer all the questions.
What will you do with the things I say?
We will put all the answers together from everyone who takes part. We’ll use them to write a report about how help and support could be improved, to make it easier for children and young people if someone close to them has died. We won’t use anyone’s name. We hope that government and other people will read the report and help improve support for children and young people in the future.
Will my answers be private?
Yes, we will keep the things you say private unless we are worried about you or someone else.
What if I change my mind?
You can stop doing the survey at any time. And if you decide afterwards that you don’t want to take part, your parent or carer can email us by 31 January and we will delete your answers.
What if I need more support?
At the end of the survey there is some information about people and organisations that can offer help and support. Please contact them if you need some help – they are there for you.
If you or your trusted adult has any other questions, contact us: or phone on 0800 090 2309